Timothy M. Smith

Timothy M. Smith

AMA Affiliated Groups

Contributing News Writer,

Timothy contributes news stories on a freelance basis. He was a senior staff writer at the AMA from 2016 to 2017 and has more than 10 years’ experience writing about health care. He previously served as director of communications for Venice Family Clinic, the then-largest free clinic in the country, where he wrote extensively about accessibility of care, health care reform and health policy. He is a graduate of Indiana University.

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COVID-19 may have stirred a silent killer. Find out what to do.

The shift to telehealth has left many patients without ongoing assessment of their blood pressure. Learn with the AMA how to reestablish it.

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Publications & Newsletters

Test your knowledge with clinical challenges from JAMA Network

Earn CME with these JN Learning challenges in nine different physician specialties, including dermatology, infectious disease, ophthalmology and radiology.

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The unexplained disorder: A test of stigma, ethics and empathy

Learn with the AMA how to minimize harms and maximize benefits when diagnosing and treating disorders without biomarkers.

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Biggest value of patient-measured BP? Preventing false positives

When compared with clinic blood-pressure monitoring alone, self-measured blood pressure could head off more than 8 million unnecessary treatments.

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Public Health

How the crucible of COVID-19 can help fix the health care system

A National Academy of Medicine report details the pandemic’s effect on clinicians and the long-overdue systemic improvements needed to support them.

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Accelerating Change in Medical Education

Medical schools should know about these online teaching resources

The AMA has developed a robust program of high-quality, interactive modules to fill curricular gaps and help track medical students’ progress.

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Physician Health

Take a deeper look at burnout in medical education—and how to fix it

Surveys showing burnout by specialty make headlines, but an expert says they use the wrong measure. Learn with the AMA about a different perspective.

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Public Health

One surge away: Key tips to prep now on crisis care standards

AMA joins National Academy of Medicine, other major stakeholders to push improvements based on the past year’s pandemic experiences.

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